Thursday, December 04, 2003

News and missing gigs

Gentle reader,

More news I'm afraid

Bell X1 start their Christmas Irish tour this week. They're racing at a frantic pace around the country taking in Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Dundalk, Galway, Clonakilty and Cork. They will also be involved in the recording of the next series of "Other Voices" due for broadcast on RTE in February 2004. The Cork date is Sat December 13th in the Half Moon.

Bell X1 will also feature as one of two Irish representative at 2004’s Eurosonic Seminar in Groningen, Holland in January. Thanks to 2FM it will be possible to experience a flavour of the event via a special 3 hour programme on 8th January that they will be broadcasting including live songs from the band’s show on the night. The fact that I've never heard of the Eurosonic Seminar I'll attribute to a US / UK / AU bias in my news sources.

The Frames are the other Irish entry.

The Frames along with Woodstar play Cork Opera House tonight and tomorrow. The Frames' bout of homeland touring takes them all the way through to a climactic New Year’s Eve show in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre (directly after an all-ages show in the same venue) by way of Ennis, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Killarney, Belfast, Derry.

Woodstar are in the running for album of the year on Red FM’s Green On Red Listeners Poll for their début Life Sparks which was released in April.

Mark Geary starts his Xmas tour at the beginning of next week coming hot on the heels of a special seasonal EP. And he's spending a lot of it in Cork:
Sat 13th - The Lobby, Cork
Sun 14th – The Lobby, Cork
Mon 15th – The Blackbird, Ballycotton, Cork
Thurs 18th – De Barras, Clonakilty
Fri 19th – Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork

His double A-sided “It Beats Me / America” (Independent Records) features re-recorded tracks from the 33 1/3 Grand Street album as well as backing vocals by the inimitable Gemma Hayes. Bonus tracks on the e.p. are the previously unreleased “I'm Tired”, and live favourite “Christmas Biscuits”. An extra treat is the inclusion of a live video “It Beats Me” from Whelan's earlier this year where Mark is joined onstage by none other than Glen Hansard.

David Kitt, who plays the Opera House in Sat December 20th, found time to sneak down to Dingle to participate in the recording of a new series of “Other Voices” due for broadcast on RTE in February 2004.

Meanwhile he is gearing up for an onslaught on the UK in the New Year to tie in with the international release of his current 3rd album, Square 1, which topped the charts here on release and achieved Platinum sales status after only 3 weeks on sale (all 3 weeks at No 1 in the album charts).

Square 1 will be released in the UK in January (the usually time for quite launches) and will be preceded by the horn-fuelled single, “Me & My Love”.

And finally, on Fri 19th the fire damaged Waiting Room (w/Schneider TM) – Old Oak, Cork

take care,


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